LOCUST GROVE — For the third consecutive year, 20 volunteers from the Atlanta-area Kohl’s Department Stores helped the Noah’s Ark Children Care Homes at its recreation grounds and zoo Saturday.
“This time we actually worked at the rabbit habitat with the birds,” said Jennifer Champion with Kohl’s 1213 in Lithonia. “They have the rabbit hutches out there between the birds now. We put flowers, and shrubbery and mulch down there for them this time.”
This volunteer effort is part of Kohl’s fourth annual National Go Green Event (NGG) in celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day (see below for more details).
The company also donated $2 million in grants to nonprofits nationwide for the fourth year in a row, including approximately $3,000 in grants for Noah’s Ark Children Care Homes.
“I researched it to find out what it is they do here, and I found out about the children’s home in the back and how they use the animals as therapy for those kids and I thought it was an awesome thing,” said Sandra Hill with Kohl’s 1213 in Lithonia. “That’s why I chose them.”
The facility provides care for special needs children and includes a free zoo, where animals are used to help with therapy for the children staying at the homes.
“We plant flowers, we lay pavers, we put out mulch, we dig up dirt and we play,” Champion said.
However, Champion maintains that the service they provide in their time off isn’t work at all.
“It’s giving back,” Champion said. “They do so much for so many animals and different organizations, and most of us are animal lovers so we come out. It’s not work.”
In fact, the Kohl’s volunteers from the Lithonia location spent time chatting with friends and grilled burgers and hot-dogs for lunch.
“It’s fun,” Champion said. “We get out and get to see the animals. People don’t even know this exists so we get to introduce this area to people who don’t know about it, even people that work with us. Just come out and see. And they bring their little kids and they get to see the animals kind of up close and personal and it’s fun.”